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Thursday, November 13th, 2008
5:23 pm - Economics and Firefly
One of my favorite scenes in Firefly was from the episode where we see vignettes of each crewmember joining Mal on his ship.  It's the scene where Kaylee is um, having a romp.  The scene boils down to us finding out that the 'mechanic' Mal's hired doesn't know his way around the engine room and Kaylee is a natural, so he hires Kaylee and drops the old engineer.

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To me, it seems like our economy is being helmed by a bunch of guys that are just like that guy that got canned.  They are supposed to know the engine, but they really don't.  Like that lousy engineer, they can talk the game, and shoot, they've even been playing it for a bit. But the underlying truth is they don't see the engine the way others, like Kaylee, would.

Obama, I think, should stop consorting with the foolish 'engineers' who got us into this, and start looking at hiring those 'naturals' that pointed out consistently over the past decade or more that the system is fundamentally broken and have spent that time analyzing how to fix it.

They are out there, start giving them their due, economic salvation lies there.


current mood: complacent

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
2:05 pm - It's a...
GIRL!

Yep, we're having a daughter!!!!!!  Super happy daddy is me.  That's two totally awesome Tuesday's in a row.  How cool is that.  We'll post scans in a bit... but... yeah!!!!!!

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
9:21 pm - No words...
Only that tonight, I finally got to see the America that had been taught to me in the history books.  Today, we got to see how we won World War 2, how we held this country together in the Civil War, how this entire grand experiment still goes on.

Oh... wow...

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Friday, October 3rd, 2008
9:53 am - Baby clothes
No, we don't know what it is yet... oh yeah, forgot to mention, if you didn't know.  Maria's pregnant!  16 weeks!

Anyways, this post is really about the onesie that we'll be getting for the little one... no, no debate!

www.jinx.com/minigeeks/baby/video_games/level_1_human_creeper.html

Look at those stats!!!!  They nailed it, no?  Str 3!!!!!  Cha 18!!!!!  How awesome is that!?
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Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
10:07 am - Macs
Using a Macintosh, for me, is like doing a surgery with really pretty oven mitts on.

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Sunday, January 7th, 2007
6:15 pm - Children of Men
Most people who know me even a little bit, know how much I love movies.  I'm also known to have quite a lot of opinion about... everything.  So quite often people ask me what I think about a film... cause they know they'll get an overly detailed bit about it and can probably identify how they themselves might feel about the film (regardless of what I say).

At some point in these kinds of conversations, I'm often asked-

"What's your favorite film of all time?"  Or something like that.

My standard response is...

"Well, Schindler's List, but the truth is, it is not fair to compare any other film to that one, it shouldn't be considered in the same league.  So instead, howabout 'Shawshank'."

Well, I've now seen a film that can be compared to Schindler's List-- That film is Children of Men.

Seriously, an absolutely incredible film that probably (aside from the wild leap of humankind losing the ability to breed), more accurately portrays the world in 20 years than any work before it.  This film beats the crap out of you with horror that is hard to deal with, but a believability that cannot be denied.

Theodore Faron's (Clive Owens) journey clearly is one of faith, it's a broadside style message, but it's a good one, and not one centered on religious faith.  The movie reels with sacrifice, believable in every act.

At one point, me, the ever SB, could not hold it together, a scene of incredible power rips at you near the end.  A simple scene drops your jaw, and though done in ways similar to this before, rocks you to the core.

current mood: excited

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Monday, October 23rd, 2006
7:10 pm - Posting
I haven't posted in a long, long time.  Not even going to try to see when I last did.  Not going to promise more posting either.

Anyways, things have been going well, we're insanely busy at work.

Cool stuff I've done in the more recent past:

Flood map:  Inside another project - http://web.venturacountystar.com/special/2006/10/fireflood/fireflood.html
Small award for the Farm Project:  Gah, can't find it right now, need to note these...

http://jobs.venturacountystar.com - almost all my design work.

At www.venturacountystar.com lots of new material there overall.  Weather widget on the front, Flash menu, Traffic Cameras, New wider format, New left hand side on all content pages, tighter ad controls(too many still, but I'm not allowed to pull them).  Lots more... but if you want to see what I'm doing just visit there, always new material.  Last month we hit 4 million page views, and are at nearly 300k unique users...

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At home Maria's kept most of you abreast of what's been happening.  Not sure she mentioned the 10 gunshots we heard just after midnight Saturday evening.  Yeah, clearly not Fireworks this time.  So, it makes us even more anxious to leave this place. 

So we're looking at some places near to the new place we'll be working.  Some promise there...

Now if only the housing market will collapse.

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Saturday, August 12th, 2006
10:32 pm
Click here if not at work.

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Friday, December 9th, 2005
5:52 pm - ROAR!
Saw it finally!!!!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

Finally got to see Narnia!!!

It was great, loved it... this is like my Harry Potter... :) So happy, dance dance.... wheee... YAY!

Go see it, if you can't go see it, contact me, we'll work something out...

Okay, so you all know the story... if you don't, well, then I guess you can truly avoid reading the rest, but come on...

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Friday, October 14th, 2005
8:16 pm - I'm Fried...
We have our own Fry's Electronics Store now, here in Ventura. It officially opened today.

When the soft opening happened, I was very sad to hear there really was no theme for the store. The theme is Oxnard. Whatever that means...

But, the truth is, the theme is just 'classy'. It's a VERY nice clean store. Looks like a store that evolved from early last century and's just gone modern. No silly yellow splashes of color or inane placements of product. It's huge... most of the shelves are low and there is a coffee shop in the middle of the place.

Overall, it's just great.

Saw about half the people we know there. Within the first 5 minutes of being there we ran into my dad. Within the course of the next hour, ran into at least 5 more people we knew, and saw a few more as we passed by...

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Thursday, September 8th, 2005
12:05 pm - Loved the game SilverLilly found...
Okay, copied SilverLilly's game...

Click here.
Take the quiz.
Post your results.
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
8:48 pm - New Comp.
After much wringing of hands, and should I do this or that or what not, I've purchased a new computer to replace my 4 year old behomoth.

This is the first time I've switched away from Intel to AMD. Oddly enough, it wasn't price that really pushed me this way. The fact is, everything I was reading was saying that AMD was really easy and had a clearly outlined upgrade path for their designs.

While I likely won't be doing any major upgrades anytime soon, Intel was hellishly confusing to try to figure out.

One night I actually spent about 2 hours trying to identify which of Intel's chips are 64 bit... sigh... Anyways, after getting some magazines, doing a little more research, AMD is the way to go right now. Intel, get your game together before your dealt out, or do you really believe Mac will save your assets?

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
1:45 pm - Fruits Basket
A friend let us borrow her copy of Fruits Basket, an Anime series. In it, we follow Tohru, who is a lot like Maria, and how she deals with the Sohma family. The Sohma's are cursed and some of their family members are part of the Chinese Zodiac and turn into corresponding animals when hugged by a non-Sohma of the opposite sex or when under great stress.

Anyways, it's not quite as wacky as Ranma, most of the time, but it has a lot of heart, and is really a fun story so far. Highly reccommend it.

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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005
8:43 pm - JK...
Is it too much to ask JK, for you know all of us, just like sit... write book seven and get it out soon?

Seriously, you got a billion, we'll double it if... ah, hell, we'll double it no matter what!

What kind of motivation can you offer a billionaire... and still be a good person...

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
8:28 pm - TB and Willy Wonka
Okay, the people who know me well, know that I have a nearly irrational hatred of Tim Burton. Most of this stems from the fact that he has an irresistable need to fill his films with three fetishes. Stripes, Zipper Scars and White Face. Stripes are nearly omnipresent in every film he does, white face occurs at least once in each film(often far more often), and zipper scars are used as liberally as he can get away with, massive regular scars if he can't. Some might call it Goth, I call it sick. Also, I don't trust a film maker that cannot comb his own hair. Einstein could do it cause he was plunging through the mysteries of the universe, he had an excuse.

So, that's mostly the irrational stuff. Now, the real reason is his movies lack any real soul, they're almost always empty, least as I see them.

Willy Wonka, and I won't speak in comparison with the book, cause I'm really not qualified to do so... Well, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a perfect example of that emptiness.

Why? Well think about this film and the original.Collapse )

And don't get me started on Corpse Bride--- Necrophilia IS NOT A LEGITIMATE SUBJECT FOR STOP MOTION ANIMATION, or really anything. TB's lost it.

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Sunday, May 22nd, 2005
6:38 am - The restraints end...
As a matter of timing, and not wanting to wait an inordinate amount of time, and hoping to see it digitally, I've yet to see the final Star Wars film.

Today, hopefully, that gets corrected...

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Wednesday, April 27th, 2005
6:40 pm - Kurt, Myra- here are the photos!
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Monday, March 14th, 2005
7:52 pm - Debate this...
On Saturday, we went to judge a regional competition of High School Debates. It was a really great experience. We judged Parliamentary, Lincoln/Douglas(Values Debate) and Public Forum. All were fascinating forms and the kids were all very sharp, and knew their stuff.

The first group I got was a tough, Public Forum debate. It was well argued by both sides. The deciding factor came down to one group managed to prevent the other from taking advantage of a weakness in the original argument.

The second and third were L/D; the first was a really tight debate with excellent competitors. The winner there had a better handle on the subject, but just barely. The third was two young women, each with a different tack on what to do. One was agressive, and very sharp. The other had great logic, but was unable to challenge or be challenged by her opponent.

The fourth was a Parliamentary, and I messed up on the time for one fellow. This was yet another, extremely challenging debate to judge. They were all great. In scoring them, there only one point difference between the teams. It was insane.

Anyways, lotsa fun. Maria enjoyed it too!

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Sunday, March 6th, 2005
8:57 pm - One month and Third Time's a Charm
First, Maria and I have been married for a month. Yeah us, and it's great. Things may not have changed a whole lot, other than just feeling even closer and being around each other honestly more. :) Today in celebration we relaxed with one another on the beach had a nice lunch and dinner, and watched a movie together. She's so amazing!

Second, today we finally succeeded to eat at Bob's Big Boy. See, Bob's been gone from the Ventura area for almost 20 years. Judging from the insane response and popularity, it should never have left. The place is packed.

Our first attempt to visit was unsuccessful, we were a week to early. Our second attempt in midafternoon on its first day was a disaster-- TWO HOURS to get the food was the estimate. Today, they worked out their problems and didn't take more orders than they could handle at any moment. This meant a nearly 40 minute wait or more for food, but it was SOOO worth it.

Finally, commercial entities using terms with any meaning should have to license and prove they deserve them. Light for salad dressings, Sugar Free for candies, and Express for restaurants. See, it's called a Bob's Big Boy Express because it's not the full service restaurant we all remember-- more of a casual fast food. Anyways, it's not Express at all, quite slow, they're completing an in restaurant order about every 2-3 minutes... way too slow to legally use a term like express...

But the food was great...

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Tuesday, February 15th, 2005
1:35 pm - Last Day in Paris
Today is our last full day in Paris.

To keep you up to date, here's the missing time. Two days ago, we ventured to Sacre Coeur. There we had an amazing view of the city. The church itself pales next to Notre Dame. We were accosted by some Jamaicans trying to grab free cash... weird and scary.

We saw then we hadn't needed to make such a major climb of the hill. We took a train back down. Avoided the Jamaicans completely, and took the Absessess terminal of the metro- 6 floors of spiraling stairs.

We went to the Opera, then the Pompideau Museum, then Picasso, then a nice dinner at a local brasserie.

Pompideau is fun, some great work there, some, well, bad work. Picasso's is all great work, The Opera was brief, but neat, and very different than what I expected. The Brasserie was fun; had escargot tastier, though smaller and more difficult to handle than mom's, and a bernaise that could NOT compete with mom's.

Yesterday, we went to the Palace at Versailles - it was everything one'd expect from the royalty that built it, sick bastards. It's in poorer condition, but the gardens are well maintained. Then we ventured to the catacombs through a hail storm(inside of a metro car). It was closed, and miserable for the first time, so we headed again to the Louvre. I love the statues so we visited a bunch of them, and found a room we'd missed.

There we met this theologian from Britain, Mary Fallon. It was a nice long talk, she was very liberal, likes Prince Charles, trying to work with Labor to ensure that the tories don't continue to hold her region. But she was very nice.

We walked home then, and had a giant crepe each on the way.

Today, we journey on to the Eiffel...

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